North by Northwest: 11 days of Billings cultural events
Gomez, Czelsi
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North by Northwest: 11 days of Billings cultural events

The Billings Cultural Partnership (BCP) will highlight 11 days of cultural events Sept. 12-22 with North by Northwest.

According to Bryan W. Knicely, executive director of the Yellowstone Art Museum, the inaugural event offers a “sampling of the outstanding cultural programs and events that the BCP organizations have to offer each year,” ranging from art to film and music to theatre.

BCP was founded in 1997 and is a future-focused consortium of cultural organizations in the greater Billings area. With more than 30 members, including schools, government entities, and organizations serving the arts, history and natural science, BCP’s goal is to strengthen each of the partners through the power of collaboration, marketing and annual community projects such as North by Northwest.

“The collaboration is a strong one between BCP partner organizations and has been for 20 years,” Knicely notes.

The title, North by Northwest, represents both the geographic location of Billings as well as the BCP’s position as “the cultural center of the northern high plains” region, says Knicely.

It’s also the title of an inaugural juried art exhibit at the YAM featuring 55 artists from 18 states, selected from a pool of nearly 300 entries from 43 states. The works chosen by juror Julia Andrews, director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art, run the gamut from traditional oil on canvas paintings to avant-garde interactive sculptural pieces.

The public is invited to vote for their favorite piece in the exhibition through Sept. 11 with the winner receiving the People’s Choice Award at the reception, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 12; the Juror’s Choice and Purchase Award winners will also be named. The exhibit is on display July 18-Oct.  10.

Other North by Northwest events include: the Billings Symphony’s Whiskey and Wine, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 12 at Henry’s Garage, and an orchestra rehearsal, master class and concert, Sept. 18-20 at the Lincoln Center; “The Other Mozart,” the first show in the Alberta Bair’s season, 2 and 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at MSU-Billings Petro Theater; Evening Under the Big Sky, a fundraising dinner and auction, Sept. 14 at the Montana Audubon Center; the SCRaP in Billings Art Show and Sell, Sept. 13-14; and the Mint Film Festival, Sept. 19-22. Films at Art House Cinema, nature journaling at the Audubon Center, a lecture at the Western Heritage Center, and the “Stories in Stained Glass” exhibition at the Moss Mansion are also among the offerings.

The event is an invitation to the community and the rest of the region “to join in” the cultural cornucopia. For more information on the BCP, visit




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